Friday, 10 February 2017

Another Big Beach Clean



This is what I learned the other day - one person can make a HUGE difference.


Well, on Wednesday I had help!!

We didn't work for very long because the rain came in pretty hard, but it was remarkable how much we got done. 

Just one person + one person.

One of the challenges in cleaning up this area is that on top of the whole burnt rubbish pile thing is the issue of the debris that washes up from the sea on a daily basis.  And at the moment, with the monsoonal weather, that is A LOT.  This means that no matter how much work you do there, the next day it looks like you've done none.

In this first section of the dump the water washes all the way up to the pile so there's new rubbish there everyday...

   



Another challenge is that the rubbish is deep... it's buried in sand in an piles of ash.  Some of it is so degraded that it falls apart in your hands as you try to pull it out.




There are all the usual culprits - bottles and cups and shoes and straws.  Disgustingly this is not the first time I've found a sheet of unopened unused straws - you know it's bad when a single use item washes up on the beach not even having had it's single use...




I cleaned all the rubbish out of this drum during my last clean but when I tried to get the drum itself out it started breaking...  this time we came prepared with a shovel because it was buried DEEP.




We found a few big chunks of polystyrene - unfortunately I usually find this in teeny tiny beads dispersed throughout the organic material in the tide line...




I find lots of nails in the ash piles...




And, of course, I separated my blues...




I gathered up a total of 23 shoes in this clean...




... and 18 lighters.




I also found 2 toothbrushes which isn't something I find a lot of here...




And another two huge bags full - one of rubbish and one of recycling.




Slowly, slowly.  Bag by bag....

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